Reservation Date Calculator for Walt Disney World Vacations
When it comes to booking a Walt Disney World vacation, figuring out the dates to make your reservations can be confusing. Dining reservations are booked on one date, ride selections on another date, and other aspects of your trip are booked at other times. To complicate the matter, Disney Resort Guests can often book before non-Resort Guests. Yikes! So how do you make sense of all the confusion? We have created a Disney World reservation date calculator to
simplify this process.
Our Disney reservation calculator will let you know when your window to book Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) and FastPass+ selection opens. The Disney dining calculator and Disney FastPass calculator are important tools to make sure you don’t miss out on Disney’s most popular attractions and dining spots. Just enter the date you arrive at Disney World and calculator do the math for you!
Why book your Disney reservations so far in advance?
As the saying goes, the early bird catches the worm. This motto is especially true for Disney vacations because of the limited availability at some of Disney World’s most popular attractions. Restaurant seating and popular rides can fill up quickly – especially during the busiest times of the year – so it’s important to plan ahead and book your reservations as early as possible.
Disney World Reservations Calculator Timeline
Disney allows you to make advanced reservations for lodging, dining, and other various activities around the park. Use our Advanced Dining Reservations calculator and FastPass+ calculator to determine when to book these essential details of your Disney vacation.
Here is a timeline to help guide you through when to book certain aspects of your trip.
499 Days in Advance
Rooms at WDW Resorts– Room-only reservations at Disney Resorts and Fort Wilderness Campsite (499 days from the date of your departure).
180 Days in Advance
Advanced Dining Reservations– Beginning at 7am, Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) can be made for Disney World restaurants. Disney Resort Guests can make reservations for an additional 10 days beyond their arrival date.
Dinner Shows, Character Meals, Events – Reservations can be made for dinner shows, character meals, and events 180 days in advance. These activities include: Cirque de Soleil La Nouba, Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, Hoop-Dee- Doo Musical Revue, Fantasmic! Dinner Package, Spirit of Aloha dinner show, The Chef’s Domain at Citrico’s, and tea party events at Grand Floridian, among others.
Cruise Reservations – Disney World specialty cruises can be booked up to 180 days in advance. These include fireworks cruises, pirate cruises, and Wilderness Lodge’s “picnic cruise.”
Ranch Rides – Reservations are recommending for Disney World carriage rides and horseback riding at Fort Wilderness’s Tri-Circle- D Ranch.
* Some child care and fish trip reservations. Check with your Disney Resort or travel agent for specific booking guidelines.
75 Days in Advance
Disney Cruise Line – First-time guests can make their Port Adventures excursions, Palo dining, and youth activity reservations 75 days prior to sail date; Silver Castaway Club Members: 90 days prior to sail date; Gold Castaway Club Members: 105 days prior to sail date; concierge Guests and Platinum Castaway Club Members: 120 days prior to sail date.
60 Days in Advance
FastPass+ – Disney Resort Guests can make their FastPass+ selections.
Lunch with a Disney Imagineer – Reservations open for Lunch with a Disney Imagineer (which includes a 4-course meal) at The Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant in Hollywood Studios.
Tee Times– Reservations at Disney Golf Courses can be made (including Lake Buena Vista GC, Magnolia GC, Oak Trail GC, Palm GC).
45 Days in Advance
All Disney Resorts – Final payment to the Disney Travel Company is due.
30 Days in Advance
FastPass+ – Guests staying off-Disney property can make their FastPass+ selections at this time.
Disney World Dining Reservations Calculator
To understand the Advanced Dining Reservations calculator, it’s important to first understand how ADRs work. If you are not familiar with the process, the following information will help you get started.
What are Advanced Dining Reservations?
Disney’s Advanced Dining Reservation System (ADR) allows you to make dining reservations at Disney World’s table service restaurants. Advanced Dining Reservations can be made by any Walt Disney World guest, including those staying off Disney property. There are literally hundreds of dining options throughout Disney World, ranging from upscale, casual, family, and themed restaurants. There are also plenty of dinner shows and character dining events to choose from.
The benefit of making Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs)
It can be a challenge just to walk into a full-service restaurant and expect to get seated, even during the low season. So if fine dining and character dining is a top priority on your Disney vacation wish list, plan on making your ADRs as soon as you are eligible to do so. To start with, consider booking Advanced Dining Reservations for a few hard-to- get table service restaurants – and maybe one character dining experience – when your 180-day window opens. Don’t worry if you are unable or unwilling to book all your dining at 180 days. Unless you are going to Disney World during the busiest times of the year, you should still be able to book at least a few table-service restaurants as your departure nears. Also, keep in mind that Disney World has plenty of quick-service dining options that don’t require reservations. One thing is for sure – you will never go hungry at Disney!
Booking your Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs)
Secure your table at some of Disney’s most popular restaurants by booking your Advanced Dining Reservations. On-site Disney Resort Guests can make ADRs 180-days before their check-in date, and can book them for up to 10 days past their check-in date. Off-site Guests can make their ADRs for each day at 180-days of their arrival date. Use the Advance Dining Reservations calculator to determine the dates in which you are eligible to book your selections.
You can make dining reservations online, by calling (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463. The Disney Reservation Center phone line is available between 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM, Mon-Fri, and 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM Sat and Sun. Online booking starts at 6:00 AM EST. You can also book your Disney World vacation through a reputable Disney travel agent. We highly recommend The Vacationeer for all your Disney travel needs. They are helpful and efficient, and their assistance is completely free of charge!
Which Restaurants are eligible for ADVs?
Advanced Dining Reservations can be made at restaurants in Disney Springs, the 4 Disney World theme parks, and at Disney Resort hotels. ADRs can also be made for dinner shows and special dining events. Keep in mind that Disney World lounges and quick-service restaurants do not take ADRs.
For the complete list of Walt Disney World restaurants that accept Advanced Dining Reservations, click here.
Some of our favorite WDW restaurants include:
Be Our Guest Restaurant, Magic Kingdom – This ornate French eatery with a Beauty & the Beast theme offers quick-service lunches and sit-down dinners.
California Grill, Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Contemporary Resort’s premiere restaurant is a great spot to watch the fireworks and offers breathtaking views of the park.
Chef Mickey’s, Disney’s Contemporary Resort- Popular breakfast & dinner buffet restaurant with special visits from Mickey and friends.
Cinderella’s Royal Table, Magic Kingdom – This Cinderella-themed eatery is set in a room that resembles a medieval castle’s banquet hall.
Flame Tree Barbeque, Animal Kingdom – Relaxing BBQ featuring an outdoor pavilion with amazing views of Animal Kingdom.
Hollywood Brown Derby, Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Retro dining establishment with fantastic caricatures of old-time celebrities on the wall.
Le Cellier, Canada Pavilion at World Showcase, Epcot – Steaks are a specialty at this top-notch table service dining establishment
‘Ohana, Polynesian Village Resort – All-you- can-eat, American-style (with a Polynesian twist) buffet for breakfast and dinner.
Teppan Edo, Japan Pavilion at World Showcase, Epcot – Guests are seated around the teppanyaki grills as skilled chefs prepare your meal in front of you.
The Boathouse, The Landing, Disney Springs – Upscale waterfront dining experience featuring steaks and seafood, Amphicar tours, Italian water taxi tours, and live music.
Via Napoli, Italy Pavilion at World Showcase, Epcot – Amazing pizza! Need we say more?
There are over 140 restaurants operating within Disney World. Most of them are fantastic! We recommend that you spend some time reviewing all your dining options before making your Advanced Dining Reservations. Start your research by reading TripAdvisor/Yelp reviews, or by speaking with a Disney World travel agent about your best options. Then just type the date of your trip into the dining calculator to see when you can begin making your ADRs.
FastPass+ Reservations Calculator
To understand the Disney World FastPass calculator, it’s important to first understand how FastPass+ works. If you are not familiar with the process, the following information will help you get started.
What is FastPass+?
FastPass+ is a complimentary (free) benefit provided with the purchase of any park admission or Annual Pass. Each Walt Disney World ticket holder receives three advanced FastPass+ selections for a single park (per day). This service allows you to reserve access to attractions of your choosing at a specific time, with a minimal wait. Depending on availability, additional FastPass+ selections may be available to guests once their three selections have been used each day.
Booking FastPass+ Reservations
For Disney World Resort Guests: You are eligible to make your FastPass+ reservations 60 days in advance of your arrival, with the addition of a 10-day grace period. For example. If your check-in date is July 1 st , you can make your FastPass+ selections for your first day on May 2nd (60 days before July 1 st ). You have an additional 10-day grace period to make reservations for all the days up to July 10th , despite the fact these dates are more than 60 days away.
For Non-Disney Resort Guests: You are eligible to make your FastPass+ reservations 30 days in advance of your arrival. Non-Disney Resort Guests do not have the same 10-day grace period that Disney Resort Guests have. Therefore, you can only make each day’s FastPass+ selections 30 days in advance.
For Annual Pass Holders: You are eligible to make your FastPass+ reservations 30 days in advance of your arrival. Annual Pass also allows you to plan 7 days of FastPass+ selections within any 30-day period. FastPass+ selections can be made on the Disney World website – or with the My Disney Experience app – starting at 7:00 AM EST. If you book through a Disney travel agent, they can make FastPass+ selections for you.
Choosing your FastPass+ Selections
The process of deciding which rides and attractions are top priorities is a difficult one. There is really no point in making FastPass+ reservations for attractions that usually have short lines, so make your FastPass+ selections for the most popular attractions and rides that you wish to experience (ie, those with longer lines). See our Crowd Calendar page to help you determine which parks will be at their busiest throughout the year. You only have 3 choices per day, so you want to make them count!
Here are a few things to consider when you begin researching WDW attractions.
Some of the most difficult FastPass+ to get include:
Some of the most popular attractions at each of the 4 Walt Disney World theme parks include:
Magic Kingdom: Haunted Mansion, Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean,
Space Mountain, Splash Mountain
Epcot: the pavilions of Epcot World Showcase, Mission: Space, Track Testing, Spaceship Earth, Soarin’
Animal Kingdom: Exhibition Everest, Jungle Cruise, Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safaris
Hollywood Studios: Fantasmic!, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Toy Story Midway Mania, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
We hope our Disney Reservation Calculator has helped you organize, simply and prioritize your Walt Disney Vacation. For more useful Disney World information, please review additional pages on MagicGuides.
If you need help planning and booking your magical Walt Disney World vacation, contact our friends at The Vacationeer. Their services are always helpful and totally free of charge! Thank you for reading our page, and we hope you have a magical Walt Disney World vacation!